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Invertebrates on Scottish Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs): Site Condition Monitoring 2013-14

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14 March 2017, 4pm
at James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen (screened to Dundee site)
for scientists, researchers and other interested parties
Philodromus margaritatus (c) Glenn Norris, Caledonian Conservation Ltd

Chris Cathrine from Caledonian Conservation will deliver this Aberdeen Entomological Club seminar entitled “Invertebrates on Scottish Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs): Site Condition Monitoring 2013-14. It will be held at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen (and screened to the Institute’s Dundee site).

Scotland has a suit of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) designated for invertebrate features. Site condition monitoring of these is undertaken in cycles, generally every six years, in order to assess conditions and identify issues which need to be addressed. To date, Caledonian Conservation Ltd has completed site condition monitoring for invertebrate features at 55 SSSIs in Scotland. This talk will focus on the survey techniques and findings of work at 19 SSSIs throughout Scotland, completed between 2013 and 2014. The surveys covered a wide range of invertebrate taxa from a variety of habitats, such as peatlands, native woodland, coastal dunes and the Cairngorm plateau. Interesting species records will be highlighted, as well as other lessons learned during the process.

The talk starts at 4 pm with light refreshments available from 3.30pm.

For further information, please contact Jenni Stockan, Environmental & Biochemical Sciences, James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, AB15 8QH, UK. Office: +44 (0)1224 395 239, or Jennifer Slater, Ecological Sciences, James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, DD2 5DA.

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